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Alaska “flightseeing” plane crash kills 8 cruise ship passengers, pilot

KETCHIKAN, Alaska — Eight Holland America cruise ship passengers and their pilot were killed in a plane crash Thursday afternoon during an Alaskan fjord excursion when the DHC-3 Otter floatplane crashed into the side of a cliff. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which is investigating the crash, said that the plane crashed in “an area of steep, mountainous terrain about 25 miles northeast of Ketchikan,” part of Misty Fjords National Monument. The pilot of another Ketchikan-based charter and sightseeing airplane company first spotted the crash on a granite rock face about 800 feet above Ella Lake, Alaska state troopers ... Read More

Gulf still struggling to rebound five years after BP oil spill

Five years ago today, BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded about 55 miles off the Louisiana Coast, killing 11 workers and unleashing a giant spill of crude that quickly became the worst environmental catastrophe ever to occur in the United States. Anyone looking exclusively to BP for a status on the Gulf’s recovery would think that while the 206 million gallons of oil caused some harm to the Gulf environment in the first couple months it blasted from the blown-out well, the Gulf has mostly returned to normal. “In the five years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, scientific data ... Read More

Rader Farms Smoothie Blends recalled due to discovery of Listeria monocytogenes within key ingredient

Several varieties of Rader Farms Smoothie Blends are now under recall by Inventure Foods, Inc. of Arizona. According to the announcement on the FDA’s website, organisms known as Listeria monocytogenes are believed to have contaminated the spinach and/or kale ingredients in the recalled smoothie blends; however, the organisms were not discovered in the blends themselves. Listeria monocytogenes is responsible for sickening individuals with weakened immune systems, such as young children and elderly people. The listeria infection, which may be fatal, carries symptoms including high fever, nausea, stiffness, severe headache, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Pregnant women could potentially suffer miscarriages or stillbirths ... Read More

Dietary supplement for infants, children recalled due to fungal contamination

Solgar, Inc. ABC Dophilus Powder, a dietary supplement for infants and children, is being recalled after testing revealed the products were contaminated with a fungus that can cause potentially dangerous infections. ABC Dophilus Powder is a supplement containing acidophilus, a bacteria that supports the healthy functioning of the intestinal system by promoting a favorable environment for the absorption of nutrients. Testing conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) revealed the presence of Rhizopus oryzae in 1.75 ounce (50 g) containers of Solgar ABC Dophilus Powder, which may cause Mucormycosis, a rare infection. Those at greater risk of developing ... Read More

Foster Farms recalls cooked chicken for risk of listeria contamination

Foster Farms is recalling nearly 40,000 pounds of frozen, pre-cooked chicken because the products may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause listeriosis, a foodborne illness that can cause symptoms such as diarrhea and can be fatal to some individuals. The recall involves frozen Chicken Breast Grilled Strips produced at the Foster Farms plant in Farmerville, La., on August 5 with a Best by date of 08-05-15. The chicken is packaged in 3.5-pound plastic re-sealable bags that are marked with the establishment number P-33901. The affected products were shipped to retail warehouses and Costco stores in California, Washington, ... Read More

Seven passengers injured after bus driver suffers heart attack behind the wheel

Seven employees of an Alaskan seafood company were injured Sunday morning after the driver of a company bus they were riding in suffered a heart attack and lost consciousness, causing him to crash into a tree. Alaska State Troopers said the driver, 59-year-old Stephen Battershall of Sterling, Alaska, died at the scene of natural causes. The seven injured passengers were taken to Central Peninsula Hospital in Kenai for treatment. Their injuries, though not specified, were deemed to be non-life-threatening. The bus belonged to Snug Harbor Seafoods, a Kenai-based purveyor of fresh and frozen salmon and other Alaskan seafood. It was ... Read More

BRITA recalls more than 242,000 children’s filtered bottles featuring popular cartoon characters

BRITA, the German company specializing in water filtration products, is now working beside the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to recall more than 242,000 Brita Hard-Sided Water Filter Bottles for Kids. According to the recall notice, the bottle’s lid poses a laceration hazard due to its susceptibility to breakage resulting in sharp pieces. The hard-sided plastic bottles feature one of four popular cartoon characters in four different colors, such as Dora the Explorer®, violet; Hello Kitty®, pink; SpongeBob Square Pants®, blue; and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles®, green. Each recalled bottle about 6 inches tall and can hold up to 15 ... Read More

New study finds BP oil dispersant chemicals still linger in the Gulf

Chemical oil dispersants BP used in 2010 to break up its Deepwater Horizon oil spill are still turning up in samples collected from the Gulf’s beaches and deep sea corals, a new scientific study has found. Scientists studying the presence the dispersant chemical DOSS (dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate) in the Gulf of Mexico environment expected to see a slower degradation in the deeper, colder areas of the Gulf, but the lingering presence of the chemical along the shore came as a surprise. The study, conducted by scientists from Haverford College and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and published in the journal Environmental ... Read More

Foster Farms chicken recall expanded, linked to salmonella outbreak

The recall of Foster Farms chicken is expanding. It is believed that the chicken that has been sent to military bases in five different states is contaminated and linked to a salmonella outbreak. The suspected chicken reached the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine bases in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Washington. Federal regulators have issued a recall of all this chicken. Twenty-five Arizona residents, along with 621 people nationwide, have fallen ill with salmonella linked to recalled Foster Farms fresh chicken products, according to a July 2 report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There were actually ... Read More

BP oil spill killed unprecedented number of sea birds, new study finds

A new scientific study estimates that BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill killed between 600,000 and 800,000 coastal seabirds, a figure that surpasses previous estimates and underscores that likelihood that the 2010 disaster’s effects continue to send devastating shockwaves through the Gulf of Mexico’s ecosystem. According to a Marine Ecology Progress Series study, at least twice as many seabirds died as a result of the BP oil spill than the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, the second-largest oil spill in U.S. history and far smaller than the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Scientists estimated that the Valdez spill killed about 300,000 ... Read More